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Pens Points: Columbus Game Day

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Good morning one and all,

Hope everyone had a good and filling Thanksgiving. The Pens hockey picks up in Columbus, where the Pens will try to avenge a listless 2-1 loss to the Blue Jackets two weeks ago. Here is your game preview. [CBS Sports]

The Blue Jackets are not good, yet they have won 4 of the past 5 games against the Penguins. [Columbus Post Dispatch]

Everyone has forgotten that David Warsofsky has been drawing an NHL salary for the past 8 days. He'd like a chance to earn it as well. Danny Sprong needs company in the box, though. [PPG]

*Without Sprong, his junior team is struggling mightily. The Penguins are probably going to send him back at some point this season. [Sportsnet]

Should Pascal Dupuis continue to line up to the left of Sidney Crosby? Discuss the value of intangibles. [Trib]

*The Penguins prospect pool at the junior level is very shallow. The team used only three of their past 15 draft picks on major junior players. [Hockey's Future]

Ex-Penguins goaltending prospect Eric Hartzell has joined Heilbronner Falken of DEL2, Germany's second-tier league. [Hockeyweb.de]

Which 16 teams are going to make the NHL playoffs? At this juncture doesn't look to hard to predict. The Lightning better wake up, though. [ESPN]

*It's becoming more and more rare to see an NHL player without a visor. Honestly this reasoning is so stupid that I don't have even a snarky comment to extend. [Sportsnet]

Steven Stamkos doesn't want rule changes intended to increase goal-scoring. Maybe we just call the rule book as it is. [The Score]

On this Black Friday, a look at the NHL players bringing the greatest value to their team. Max Domi and Tony Duclair, my goodness. [Habs EOTP]

If the Yotes end up drafting Auston Matthews ... Look out. The Phoenix youngster plays for head coach Marc Crawford in Switzerland, who says the young phenom’s skills at this age are better than anyone he’s ever coached, including Peter Forsberg, Jamie Benn and the Sedin brothers. [Sportsnet]

NHL's 2015-16 All Healthy-Scratch Team. Ovechkin, Hudler, Semin, Lacavalier, Bolland, Carle, Ference. This should really be expressed as the percentage of the salary cap filling press boxes every night. That's one thing the Flyers would win. [Sportsnet]

*For the end, we remember one of the greatest people in the history of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Badger Bob Johnson, who passed away 24 years ago yesterday at the age of 60. Terminal brain cancer robbed the Penguins of his implacably positive spirit, so beautifully evoked in Bryan Trottier's recent article, and American hockey lost its greatest cheerleader. [ESPN]

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